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History

The New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership (NMECDP) is the policy arm of United Way of Santa Fe County. Established in 2009, NMECDP is focused on expanding the political will and public awareness for investments in high-quality early learning throughout New Mexico. Established in 2009, NMECDP works to enhance early learning policy and investment in order to grow high-quality, sustainable early childhood programs.

In 2019, NMECDP supported the passage of Senate Bill 22 (SB22), which created the Early Childhood Education and Care Department. This cabinet-level department brings together early childhood programs across the state of New Mexico. NMECDP worked with a diverse coalition of early childhood champions on SB22 and cultivated broad bi-partisan support, including from Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, for the new department.

NMECDP has extensive experience, and a significant track record in leading early learning awareness and advocacy efforts, including the following legislation:

  • Early Childhood Care and Education Act (passed by NM Legislature in 2011)
  • Home Visiting Accountability Act (passed by the NM Legislature in 2013)
  • Child Care Assistance Accountability Act (passed by the NM Legislature in 2015, pocket vetoed by the Governor)

NMECDP is also known for leading efforts for increased early learning appropriations. Despite the severe economic challenges facing the state, early learning appropriations have steadily increased in recent years. In total, early childhood funding has risen $185 million, or 140%, from FY12 to FY20.

Mission

The mission of the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership is to create the public awareness and political will for investments in early childhood care and education in New Mexico.

Why it matters: When children are deprived of quality early life experiences, the result is a lack of readiness for school, work, and life. NMECDP continues to pursue a strategic approach for catalytic change in early childhood systems in New Mexico.

Given that 85% of the human brain develops in the first five years of life, these years set the foundation for a child’s learning, health, and wellness needed for achievements in school, work, and life. Lack of preparation for success in school, leads to a skills gap that often widens as a child continues in school. This has a lasting negative impact on children, their families and the state’s economic vitality. Investing in early childhood education can be considered a two-generation economic development strategy, as high-quality programs not only prepare children for success, but provide the ability for family members to work and earn a living while being supported in raising successful children.

Our Method

We are committed to a long-term vision while pursuing a clear short-term agenda. We work to advance policy at multiple levels using legislative, executive, and administrative strategies. Through our actions we cultivate, engage, and align multiple champions and partners. NMECDP has developed critical success factors which define our approach:

  • Fostering public-private partnership
  • Cultivating respect as impartial experts by a variety of stakeholders
  • Establishing open communication among critical stakeholders and with a non-partisan approach
  • Focusing on quality, transparency, and accountability
  • Ensuring a nimble and responsive organization able to move quickly and pivot as needed to address a rapidly changing political landscape

NMECDP is working to deepen community engagement in early childhood throughout the state, building upon the relationships and coalition grown through our work on Community Conversations in 2018 and 2019 Legislative Sessions, including the broad support and advocacy for Senate Bill 22, An Act to Create and Early Childhood Education and Care Department.

Our current focus is on the following policy areas:
  • Support for the new Early Childhood Education and Care Department
  • Workforce development strategy
  • Local determination and capacity building
  • Infant and toddler care and support

All policy areas include:
  • Deep and wide analysis of other states and policies to learn from best practices and innovative approaches
  • A thorough analysis of local needs, issues, and capacity through deep listening and engagement in communities

Historia

La Asociación para el Desarrollo de Primera Infancia de Nuevo México (NMECDP) es el brazo político de United Way del Condado de Santa Fe . Establecido en 2009, el NMECDP se enfoca en expandir la voluntad política y la conciencia pública sobre las inversiones en aprendizaje temprano de alta calidad en todo Nuevo México.

Nuestro éxito más reciente ocurrió en marzo de 2019, cuando el NMECDP abogó por la aprobación del Proyecto de Ley del Senado 22, que creó el Departamento de Educación y Cuidado de Primera Infancia. Este departamento a nivel de gabinete supervisará todos los programas de primera infancia en el estado. El éxito de la SB 22 fue el resultado de una serie de Conversaciones con la Comunidad y un Plan de Negocios desarrollado por el NMECDP con sus diversos socios.

Misión

La misión del NMECDP es crear conciencia pública y voluntad política para las inversiones en el cuidado y la educación de la primera infancia en Nuevo México.

Nuestro Método

El NMECDP comienza su trabajo por escuchando a las familias, profesionales de primera infancia, investigadores académicos, funcionarios y agentes del gobierno, y a todos miembros de la comunidad interesados ​​en mejorar las vidas de los Nuevo Mexicanos más jóvenes.

Una vez que la comunidad ha identificado y priorizado los desafíos y metas que enfrentan los servicios de primera infancia, el NMECDP lleva a cabo la investigación, el análisis, la participación de interesados, el desarrollo de políticas, la educación y la promoción necesarios para una implementación efectiva.

Hemos desarrollado factores críticos para éxito que definen nuestro enfoque:

  • Fomentando colaboración entre los sectores públicos y privados
  • Manteniendo integridad como expertos imparciales a través una variedad de grupos interesados
  • Estableciendo comunicación entre interesados críticos y los legisladores de ambos lados del pasillo
  • Enfocando en la calidad, la transparencia y la responsabilidad
  • Asegurando una organización ágil y receptiva capaz de abordar un panorama político rápidamente cambiante

Nos comprometemos con una visión política a largo plazo mientras perseguimos una agenda clara a corto plazo. Avanzamos en la política a través de varias vías a medida que desarrollamos asociaciones con el personal de nuestras agencias estatales, con nuestros representantes electos en la legislatura y con los ejecutivos estatales. El NMECDP tiene una amplia experiencia en el compromiso con los responsables de la formulación de políticas en todos estos niveles, y proporcionamos experiencia, investigación y análisis sobre políticas específicas y propuestas administrativas.

Estamos orgullosos de ser reconocidos como un líder comprometido y experto entre los defensores y los responsables de la toma de decisiones, y nos sentimos honrados de haber establecido relaciones tan maravillosas con tantas personas en todo el estado, mientras todos construimos un futuro más brillante para nuestros jóvenes mexicanos más jóvenes !

Our Staff - Personal

Katherine Freeman is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership and United Way of Santa Fe County. Early childhood education has been the focus of Katherine’s work for more than 14 years. Katherine led UWSFC’s change in mission to focus exclusively on early childhood investment as our greatest opportunity for economic development; led the development of the Santa Fe Children’s Project, a continuum of early childhood programs with a goal of broadening the footprint for Santa Fe County; led the creation of the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership; and has been instrumental in policy and advocacy work for early childhood that engages business leaders and policy makers. She was previously COO of St. Vincent Hospital.

Kate Noble is the Vice President for Policy and Stakeholder Engagement with the New Mexico Early Childhood Development Partnership. She also serves on the Board of Education for the Santa Fe Public School District. Previously, she spent nine years working in economic and community development for the City of Santa Fe and ten years as an economic journalist for BBC World Television News. She is also a co-founder of MIX Santa Fe, a community engagement project that began in 2009 and actively engages stakeholders through a wide variety of creative mechanisms (e.g. contests, video interviews, surveys, collaborative murals). Through MIX Santa Fe, she founded bizMIX a business accelerator that has launched roughly 100 businesses over its seven years of operation. Previously, Kate spent ten years as a producer and reporter for BBC World Television covering business and economics.


The Program Components of Early Childhood in New Mexico, color-coded by state Departments. With the passage of Senate Bill 22 [LINK] during the 2019 legislature, all of these programs will now be administered by a single cabinet-level agency: the Early Childhood Education and Care Department.

Los Componentes Sistémicos de Primera Infancia en Nuevo México, codificados por colores por los departamentos estatales. Con la aprobación del Proyecto de Ley 22 del Senado durante la sesión legislativa de 2019, todos estos programas ahora serán administrados por una sola agencia a nivel de gabinete: el Departamento de Educación y Cuidado de Primera Infancia.